Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“The rule in the double knives is that it breaks a lot of Wing Chun rules. Often we don’t know that, they think that knives is actually the most advanced part of Wing Chun. It’s not. It actually breaks Wing Chun rules. Every time you put up your hands, extend it, you’re giving someone a coffee cup handle right there… point is irrelevant. Plus, I was going to get into a fight but…”

Student:

“But one thing, one of the ways in Wing Chun is you always go like this.”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“Well, Wing Chun is kind of traditional and that’s what you do, right?”

Student:

“Yeah.”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“But I mean, I don’t recommend that, right. You’re walking down a street and a guy’s like, “Hey, you got any change?” And, you’re like, “No” and you’re trying to walk away. The guy goes over here, then you go over there. Obviously, he can walk. He’s cornering you, right. You go… You wonder why these guys get their ass kicked, right. Like you can’t find it. You watch too much movies, right. And, the man who’s explaining in the background, right? Wing Chun? Ip Man! That’s what they think. Like on YouTube, you read the comments. They really think that’s what a fight is going to be like. No, no, no. No, don’t do that.”

Student:

“No, no but aside from that one. I mean you got to be ready just go like that or…?”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“Well, just because you’re here, it doesn’t mean you’re ready. Just because you’re here, it doesn’t mean you’re that ready.”

Student:

“No, but if somebody’s going to fuck with you, you got to be ready. Whatever, you just… you know.”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“Well, that’s the kind of people that’s really good at fighting, right? I’ve seen a guy… Not me, I’m not a good fighter but I’ve seen a guy that’s like… he killed somebody. He’s got a knife. Do you think they’ll go… shing?”

Student:

“No, no.”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“Usually they just walk up and he cuts you, they’ll keep walking, right? But, is that guy ready? Well, he’s ready enough to kill you but did he put up his…? No, he just walks up. So just posing is not a good thing. It’s good for when you’re sparring because you have agreed to fight each other. He’s my friend. We’re going to play fight. Put on the helmet. Try not to knock each other out. You’re play fighting. That’s what sparring is. Great, but in a real situation, I don’t recommend you…”

Student:

“No.

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“You’re going to get yourself shot or stabbed because as soon as you pose, the guy’s going to pull, right? I saw that on Damian Seymour one time. There are two guys having an argument. One guy jumped into a stance. So the guy goes, “Oh!” The guy is a fighter… The guy backed up, pulled out a baton. Luckily, it wasn’t a knife or a gun. So, don’t pose. No posing.”

Student:

“So…”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“Yeah, right. If you want to put your hands up, at least put it up in a way that you’re not triggering the guy. Like, a non-threatening posture. A lot of people teach that. I don’t but a lot of people teach that like, “Hey, calm down, sir. Calm down.” Right?”

Student:

“Okay.”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“But you wouldn’t, you know… So this stuff like, yeah it’s good for training because it’s teaching you to put your hands in the center. I don’t think you should fight like that… not nowadays. Maybe in ancient times, I don’t know. They agreed to some match you know, right?”

Student:

“Yeah, because I’ve seen movies like you said.”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“Yeah.”

Student:

“They’ll teach everybody to actually get into a fight and go with the standing.”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“But I think it’s because it feels good too, right? As soon as you do that, you’re “I do feel like the man in the movies.”

Student:

“No, I know what you mean, yeah.”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“I think no you can see by the face how proud they look, right?”

Student:

“It’s not that I don’t…”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“I feel good, really good!” They got the silk pajamas on and “Yeah, I’m definitely doing something right.” Right, but fighting… jokes aside though, right but fighting is different. If you’re walking down a street and a guy starts to do stuff with you, get out of there! If you can’t get out of there, fight the guy. But posing… let’s spar! No, stop bouncing up and down. Stop warning the guy, right. If you’re going to fight the guy, fight the guy. You’re not going to fight the guy, get the hell out of there. But don’t do this posing stuff because of weapons, right. So this thing that we’re doing with this grab stuff is like, look man, all you’re doing is just sticking this out to learn something.”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

“But you would never go like this… Like if you watch my arm, he’s got to come get it. Come grab it. This guy’s came and grabbed it. Now, it’s off dynamic, right. I mean he’s never going to…unless he’s a cab driver and you’re young. [Indiscernible] [04:05-06] and you go, “Hey, grab my arm!” At least, that’s what happened to me. So, I’ll have a good laugh. Okay…”

Adam Chan (Wing Chun in Vancouver BC, Canada – Founder of Pragmatic Martial Arts):

TO REVIEW

“When you pose, you are telling your opponent that you are ready to fight. You are giving him a heads-up. Stop posing. Or, hide it.”




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